2011 Delivering Well Prepared Teachers Policy
The state should use a licensing test to verify that all new teachers meet its professional standards.
Pennsylvania only requires all new elementary teachers to pass a popular content test from the Praxis series that combines both subject-matter knowledge and pedagogy in order to attain licensure.
Require that all new teachers pass a pedagogy test.
Pennsylvania should verify that all new teachers meet professional standards through a test of professional knowledge.
Verify that commercially available tests of pedagogy actually align with state standards.
Pennsylvania should ensure that its selected test of professional knowledge measures the knowledge and skills the state expects new teachers to have.
Pennsylvania asserted that all candidates seeking certification must pass pedagogy and content tests, which align with both the certificate Framework Guidelines and the academic standards. The state added that testing will be completed in a modular format, and that new testing designs are currently being developed by Pearson for the basic skills, PK-4 and special education certificates. ETS is developing the test for the 4-8 certificate.